Saturday, March 25, 2006

Will Elon Musk succeed?

A frame taken from a SpaceX Webcast shows the Falcon 1 rocket firing its engine to rise from its Pacific island launch pad on Friday. Picture: MSNBC

Some time ago I blogged about a South African success few of us knew we had - Elon Musk. Elon Musk is a dot com millionaire who has since founded Space X - a firm pioneering cheap space travel.

Sadly, Musk's first launch went awry - the rocket launched but exploded during the first stage burn.

Musk has said he will tolerate up to three failed launches before reconsidering the project. He has so far invested $100m of his own money.

Update: Fuel leak caused explosion

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